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Regular Season .183 1 25 .456 6

Top Javier Baez News

  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Receives injection for back

    Baez received an injection to treat lumbar spine inflammation Friday, Evan reports.Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press

    Baez was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to his back injury. Following his injection Friday, Baez will be re-evaluated early next week to resume baseball activities. Prior to landing on the IL, the 31-year-old shortstop was slashing .183/.209/.247 with nine doubles, one home run and 25 RBI over 196 plate appearances.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Placed on IL with back injury

    The Tigers placed Baez on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with lumbar spine inflammation, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Baez has evidently been bothered by the back issue off and on all season and is headed to Florida to meet with a doctor. He's expected to be out more than the minimum 10 days, though a clearer picture regarding his timetable could be available after the exam. Zach McKinstry and Ryan Kreidler are expected to share duties at shortstop while Baez is on the shelf.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not starting Sunday

    Baez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Brewers.

    Baez will begin Sunday's game in the dugout after starting in each of the first two games of the series, going 1-for-7 with two strikeouts. The lefty-hitting Zach McKinstry will start at shortstop and bat seventh against Milwaukee right-hander Bryse Wilson.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting on bench Tuesday

    Baez is not in the Tigers' lineup Tuesday versus the Rangers.

    In the last 10 games, Baez is hitting just .108 (4-for-37). Amidst the slump, the shortstop will take a seat with Zach McKinstry starting in his place and batting sixth Tuesday.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Slump continues Saturday

    Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Red Sox, dropping his season batting average to .190.

    It looked like Baez was maybe turning things around when he recorded seven hits across two games on May 17 and 18. However, he's gone just 4-for-33 in nine games since then, and he's hitless over his last three contests. The shortstop's .190 average would be his worst since he batted .169 across 52 games as a 21-year-old rookie back in 2014. Baez's time in Detroit has been disastrous so far, and it doesn't appear it'll get much better anytime soon.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Idle Friday

    Baez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox.

    Baez is 1-for-15 across his last four starts and will give way to Zach McKinstry on Friday. McKinstry will bat eighth and play shortstop with Tanner Houck on the bump for Boston.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sits out second game

    Baez is absent from the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Pirates, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    Baez went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Tigers' 8-0 win earlier in the day but will begin the second half of the twin bill on the bench. Zach McKinstry will occupy shortstop for the Tigers.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Getting break Friday

    Baez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

    The 31-year-old will cede shortstop duties to Zach McKinstry. Baez has started nine of the last 10 games for the Tigers, batting 11-for-34 with nine RBI in that stretch.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Getting day off

    Baez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals.

    Baez will give way to Zach McKinstry at shortstop Tuesday after making eight straight starts. Baez finally found his groove at the plate during the Tigers' three-game series against the D-Backs last week, going 8-for-13 with four doubles and seven RBI.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Stays hot in Saturday's win

    Baez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

    A day after recording three hits, Baez one-upped himself and posted his first four-hit effort of the year. Before Friday's outburst, the shortstop was batting just .167, but the two-game flurry has pushed that up to .207. Baez will need to keep stringing together performances like this to make his season-long stats look more acceptable, though at least he's showing some signs of life, and he's been known as a streaky performer in the past who can heat up quickly.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Drives in five

    Baez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, five RBI and a run scored in Friday's 13-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Baez was given a vote of confidence from manager A.J. Hinch earlier this week, and he made good on it with his best game of the season. This was the shortstop's third multi-hit effort this season and the first time he's driven in multiple runs. Baez is still slashing a paltry .185/.216/.254 with one home run, 18 RBI, nine runs scored, six doubles and six stolen bases over 38 contests. He's set to remain the starting shortstop for the foreseeable future, as the Tigers have no obvious candidates to push him for playing time.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Will not be benched

    Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that he has no plans to bench Baez, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    "He's going to play, a lot," Hinch said. Baez has again been one of the least productive regulars from an offensive standpoint in baseball, slashing just .167/.200/.222 with one home run over 135 plate appearances. He's hit only .223/.265/.346 since signing a six-year, $140 million contract prior to the 2022 campaign. Baez also has graded out poorly defensively in 2024 with minus-4 Outs Above Average, although he was plus-9 in OAA in 2023 and the Tigers still seem happy with his defense. Given that the underwhelming Zach McKinstry would represent their likely alternative at shortstop, the Tigers appear willing to continue riding it out with Baez in hopes that he can rebound to at least a competent level at the plate.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not starting Saturday

    Baez is not in the Tigers' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    With the Astros sending out right-hander Cristian Javier (neck), the Tigers will start lefty-hitting Zach McKinstry at shortstop. Baez went 0-for-4 during Friday's series opener, and the 31-year-old is 2-for-26 with three RBI and five strikeouts in May.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Back in lineup Sunday

    Baez will start at shortstop and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Yankees.

    Per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Baez has been dealing with lingering low-back soreness, which may explain why the Tigers held him out of the lineup for Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. The sore back doesn't look as though it'll be anything that forces Baez to the 10-day injured list, but he could start receiving more frequent days off, especially if he continues to underwhelm at the plate. After turning in a .671 OPS and .592 OPS in the 2022 and 2023 campaigns, respectively, Baez has declined further so far in his third season in Detroit. He carries a .183/.228/.258 slash line into Sunday's contest.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting Saturday

    Baez isn't in the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

    Baez will get a breather Saturday after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout during Friday's series opener. His absence will allow Zach McKinstry to start at shortstop while batting eighth.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting Game 1

    Baez is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    The veteran shortstop sat for Sunday's series finale versus Kansas City and finds himself on the bench for Tuesday's matinee. Zach McKinstry is starting at shortstop, and Baez will likely rejoin the lineup for Game 2.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not starting Sunday

    Baez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.

    Baez started the previous seven games but will sit Sunday after he posted a .641 OPS during that stretch. Zach McKinstry will step in at shortstop for the series finale versus Kansas City.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Scores twice in win

    Baez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 7-1 win over the Rays.

    Relegated to the eighth spot in the lineup, Baez managed to contribute, and he's been good over his last five games with a .350 batting average. The shortstop is still batting just .203 for the season, so he'll need more performances like the one he delivered Monday if he wants to get his overall numbers up to a more acceptable range.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Out of lineup Friday

    Baez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Baez has found some success at the plate recently with an .871 OPS across the past five games, but he'll head to the bench for Friday's series opener at Minnesota. Zach McKinstry will step in at shortstop and bat seventh.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Doubles twice in loss

    Baez went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 9-7 loss to the Rangers.

    The doubles were Baez's first of the season, and he's still sitting on just one home run across 17 games. The shortstop isn't hitting a ton of singles either, as he's batting just .172. While he's shown an ability in the past to heat up quickly, his struggles the past few seasons don't instill a ton of confidence. Baez should continue to see regular playing time, however, giving him an opportunity to turn things around.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Age: 31
Experience: 10
Bats/Throws: R, R